Our Team

ELEM is a spin-off from Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) where the technology Alya and the bio-simulation project was born.

Unique origins. Unique culture. Unique technology.

  • To transform medical innovation, preclinical and clinical testing, regulatory approval, and treatment decision to make medical testing work so everyone, everywhere can be well, able, and active for life.

  • To lead the technological revolution where virtual humans become the standard for in silico testing by deploying supercomputer-based Virtual Human platforms to model patients to improve health.

Our Team

We are a multi-disciplinary team, integrating disciplines from engineering to mathematics, physics, biology, medicine, and computer science.

Entrepreneur. Business and finance in modelling and simulation.
Christopher Morton
Co-Founder and CEO
Alya's main architect. Computational biomedicine and simulation.
Mariano Vázquez
Co-Founder and CTO
Alya's main architect. HPC and parallelisation, solvers.
Guillaume Houzeaux

Director of the BSC's CASE Department
José María Cela
Co-founder CEO at Combined Therapeutics Inc.
Romain Micol, MD
Board Member
In silico trials for cardiotoxicity
Jazmin Aguado-Sierra
Cardiac computational modelling expert
Statistical shape modelling and scientific computing
Constantine Butakoff
Cardiac computational modelling and imaging expert
Ani Amar
Cardiac computational modelling expert
Cardiac Fiber and Motion Modelling
Jose María Pozo
Cardiac computational modelling expert
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Pablo González Martin
Biomedical engineer
In silico trials for cardiotoxicity
Paula Domínguez
Biomedical engineer
Cardiac Scar Modelling and Image Processing
Laura Baldó Canut
Biomedical engineer
Backend and Cloud Computing
Eduard Servat
Software Developer and Cloud Architect
Arnau Masdevall
Frontend Developer
Legal, Compliance, and Executive Assistant
Verónica Montero Castillo
Legal and Compliance Officer
Business Development
Farzaneh Norouzi
Market Research and Development Analyst
Business Development and Cardiac Valves Expert
David Oks
Pre-sales and Business Development Engineer
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Hadrien Calmet
Respiratory system
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Beatriz Eguzkitza
Respiratory system
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Oriol Lehmkuhl
Computational fluid dynamics. Respiratory System
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Cristóbal Samaniego
Coupled multi-physics. Cardiac valves.
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Eva Casoni
Tissue mechanics
George Mason University, USA.
Juan Raul Cebral
Computational fluid dynamics. Vascular hemodynamics
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Sol Bucalo
Design and UX
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Dimitrios Lialios
Skeleton Mechanics
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Fernando Cucchietti
Visualization and Data Processing
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Guille Marín
Blanca Rodríguez
Cardiac Computational Modelling
University of Oxford, UK
Francesc Carreras Costa, MD
Cardiac Imaging and Function
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona
Jose María Guerra Ramos, MD
Electrophysiology, Arrhythmia
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona
David Filgueiras Rama, MD
Electrophysiology, Arrhythmia
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares CNIC, Madrid
Cristóbal Langdon, MD
Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Hospital Clínic i Universitari, Barcelona
Paul Iaizzo
Translational Systems Physiology
University of Minnesota, USA
Oscar Camara
Signal and image processing
BCN-MedTech, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Our Values
  • Collaboration

    We celebrate those who wish to collaborate, both within our team and in our partners and clients.

  • Transparency

    We are open and honest with our employees, partners, and investors. By being transparent we can harness the power of teamwork – all tackling the same problem together through excellent communication.

  • Determination

    We will bring this product to market while developing and validating relentlessly to achieve the outcomes we know will change millions of patients’ lives for the better.

  • Ambition

    We will expand the technology to reap the benefits from simulating multiple human organs, to grow our market through partnerships with clients who share our ambitious vision.

Our Story

In four milestones


Alya Project

Guillaume and Mariano started the Alya Project at the BSC, a recently created research center on supercomputing applications, hosting the fourth largest supercomputer on earth, MareNostrum I. One of the first application fields would be the cardiovascular system.

Alya team members: 4


ELEM idea

BSC and Alya have become world references supercomputing applications. The Alya Red biomedical project is presented through a scientific video, awarded with the 2012 International Science Visualization challenge (link).

Alya team members: 15


ELEM Biotech

ELEM becomes a spin-off from BSC, who transfers the technology and gives an exclusive commercial exploitation licence. ELEM's goal is to create our Virtual Humans platform to put all its power directly in the hands of the healthcare stakeholders.

Alya team members: 35


The Virtual Humans

14 years later, 100 papers published, more than 400 million core hours of supercomputing power spent, and 5 million euros invested in development, Alya is the core technology of ELEM's Virtual Humans. BSC hosts the fourth upgrade of MareNostrum IV.

Alya team members: 40